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Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Trip to Wal-Mart

Normally, a trip to Wal-Mart wouldn't justify a blog entry, but the Wal-Mart closest to our house is definitely unique.

As the only Wal-Mart in Los Angeles, it's actually located in a former department store on Crenshaw Blvd. The parking lot is - of course - a parking structure. You can waste 20 minutes trying to find a spot near the entrance, or just park at the periphery and walk five minutes - your choice.

How does a three story Wal-Mart work? Our kids liked the escalators especially designed for shopping carts -

and the HUGE elevators - you could drive a small car into these babies!

Otherwise, it was like any other Wal-Mart: a focus low prices and (on a Saturday afternoon at 2pm) crowded. They had plenty of empolyees out on the floor, so that was nice. It was actually smaller than I expected in terms of total floor space - those "Super Wal-Marts" have significantly more selection.

A lot has been written about the economic effect of Wal-Mart on the U.S. economy and individual communities. This is actually the only Wal-Mart with a "Los Angeles" address. The three other Wal-marts in the City of Los Angeles are located in the San Fernando Valley: Panorama City, West Hills, and Porter Ranch.

Living in Los Angeles is certainly different. As a Christian, I've found it an exciting and often challenging place to live and work.

The New Testament uses words like "stranger" or "alien" to describe our brief stint on earth (I Peter 2:11). Whether the city, the country, or someplace in between, there's a danger in becoming too comfortable in any place we're living.

Amazing how even a trip down to Wal-mart can remind me of that.


Sarah said...

I understand why a trip to walmart would be note-worthy... or I guess blog-worthy. I made the trek to this Walmart, but we never made it inside. Let's just say I didn't feel comfortable going alone with my children. Walmarts are hard to come by in LA. We did frequent the Anaheim Walmart, though.

Smith said...

good post